Author: Laurie Rackas

The Need for Disaster Response Plans for Children with Disabilities

It seems that every time our nation experiences a major disaster, we learn more about the gaps in our emergency response system. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were no exception, and one gap the storms revealed is in how we assist people with disabilities, including young children, in the event of an emergency. Evacuation in the… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: A Water-Loving Otter Named Potter

The Problem The average 4- to 5-year-old child consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar each day, or 65 pounds per year! The majority of that sugar comes from fruit drinks, high-fat desserts, soft drinks, and candy. One Solution A storybook for young children featuring a beloved animal whose loves to drink—and spread the word about… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Patricia Crosby

Spotlight Patricia Crosby, Owner, Patricia’s Day Care, Baltimore, MD The Problem In many U.S. families, parents work long hours, often leaving them without the energy to cook balanced, healthy dinners for their household. The Solution A child care provider who serves up to three nutritious meals and two snacks a day to the children in… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Margo Sipes

Spotlight Margo Sipes, Executive Director, Downtown Baltimore Child Care, Inc. The Problem Young children need active play in order to grow up healthy—but how much active play? The Solution The more, the better. How She Did It Margo Sipes is a firm believer that young children don’t learn by sitting at desks. Rather, they learn… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Understanding Preschool Expulsion

The Problem: In the past few months, much has been written about the too-common issue of preschool expulsion. Where can early childhood educators turn if they want to better understand the issue, its root causes, and how they can become part of the solution? One Solution: The National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Celeste Joyner

Spotlight Celeste Joyner, Children’s College, Baltimore, MD The Problem Two vegetarians, one pescatarian (who eats fish but no other meat), five omnivores. How does one provider feed such a diverse group of eaters? The Solution Fresh, healthy foods, meat optional. How She Did It Celeste Joyner spends weekends at farms and farmer’s markets where she… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Head Start’s Mental Health Tool

The Problem: Sometimes an adult (parent/caregiver/early childhood educator) has a temperament that is vastly different from that of a young child. How do you bridge the gap and foster a loving, supportive relationship? One Solution: You can start with the interactive Infant Toddler Temperament Tool (IT3) on Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Child Care State Licensing Database

The Problem States need a way to measure whether their current child care licensing standards do or do not meet the Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) guidelines. Those are the minimum health and safety standards that child care programs should meet. The Solution The research team at Child Care Aware® of America developed a… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Flu Season Preparedness

The Problem Teaching children flu prevention can be tough—and teachers need resources that make it fun and easy for kids to understand the flu. One Solution The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ready Wrigley activity book series helps kids prepare for many types of emergency, including preparing for flu season. The books are… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Kira Boothe

Spotlight Kira Boothe, Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter & Child Development Program, Phoenix, Arizona The Problem Families can stay at the shelter a maximum of 120 days. What lasting change can the Child Development Program make in young children’s lives? The Solution Introduce the children to fresh, healthy foods and information about the benefits of… Read more »

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